Now that the Yankees have signed Hiroki Kuroda for 2013, and the chances of Andy Pettitte returning to the team looking good as well, it's believed that the Yankees will look to add less expensive possible starters (a la Freddy Garcia). In fact, Joel Sherman believes that Dallas Braden is a possible target.
Speaking of possible free agent targets, Stephen Drew is apparently drawing interest from the Yankees (reported by Jon Heyman). The Oakland A's turn down their half of a $10 million mutual option with Drew,
making him a free agent. Drew hit .223/.309/.348 last season, so I totally understand Oakland's decision, so he'd likely only be a backup infielder. Frankly, I'd rather stick with Nunez.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Andrew Mearns of Pinstriped Bible posted last week the five most underrated Yankees seasons by a Yankees infielder and this week he continues the series with the outfielders and the pitchers. I highly suggest going over to the site by clicking HERE to give them a view and shoot them a comment of appreciation for a well written post. I will also syndicate the post here so enjoy!!
The Yankees have moved six of their prospects to the 40 man roster, thus protecting them from a potential Rule 5 Draft pick. The list includes Nik Turley, Manny Banuelos, Ramon Flores, Francisco Rondon, Brett Marshall, and Jose Ramirez. Manny B will miss 2013 with Tommy John surgery so this is more of a procedural move in my eyes. Brett Marshall went 13-7 with a 3.52 ERA in 27 starts in Trenton. This is the next line of Yankees prospects coming up together and this excites me.
Buster Olney of ESPN is reporting that the Yankees have resigned starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one year deal. The deal is worth $15 million with $1 million in incentives which will keep the 38 year old will be in pinstripes for at least one more season. This makes me feel a whole lot better about 2013 then I did just five minutes ago. Welcome back #HIROK!
Remember the spectacular season that Cory Wade had for the Yankees in the bullpen in 2011? Probably not after the horrific 2012 season he followed it up with which resulted in him being designated for assignment and later picked up by the Toronto Blue Jays. Well the Toronto Blue Jays, I do not know if you guys have heard or not,
The Yankees continue their boring off season with yet another guy picked up off the scrap heap today when the Yankees signed Mickey Storey from the Houston Astros. Storey is a right handed pitcher that pitched out of the Astros bullpen in the last season. In his age 26 season Storey pitched to a 3.86 ERA with a 10/1 K/9 ratio with a 3.0 BB/9 ratio in 30 innings and change. He posted better numbers in 65 innings in AAA last season as well with a 3.05 ERA and a 10.0 K/9 with a 1.99 BB/9 ratio. Seems more like a depth move to me with very few, if any, spots available in the bullpen but I guess those never hurt. It may also mean a trade involving Joba, David Robertson, or whoever else has trade value right now may be in the works... #NinjaCash